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Old 01-26-2018, 07:53 PM
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My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

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So the breeder told me he's been eating a mix of safflower and fruit blend zupreem. I just got him and I've mixed the safflower seed mix with the zupreem and he leaves the zupreem fruit mix and just picks out the safflower seeds.
He does like fresh cut apples and cauliflower but how can I get him the eat a healthier pellet?

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Old 01-27-2018, 08:13 AM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

What a cute little guy!
Have a separate play area with treat cups. This is how I always introduce stuff to my JoJo.
Also, I am not a big fan on mixing dry foods. Would you want the same granola day after day?
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:06 AM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

Here's my story...

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I feed Harrison's, supplemented by fresh healthy treats. My first, and later, my current avian vet recommended it. My bird loves the pellets now, but to get him converted, my avian vet suggested putting pellets out all day, and putting seeds (his old diet) out for two 15-minute periods a day. That would sustain him but leave him hungry enough to try new stuff. I presume the same technique could be used to get him to eat other healthy stuff, like fruits and vegetables! My guy was eating pellets in a couple of days, and now I can feed a good variety of other stuff, knowing he has the pellets as a basic. Pellets are out all day... fresh treats a few times a day. I also like Harrison's via mail because I never have to worry about out-of-date products.
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My ol' man is an athlete and health nut. He actually EATS all the good stuff, so it's always around. I find that tossing various stuff into the food bowls at random is good... the variations and differences seem to stimulate curiosity and attention.
The other idea... if you can stand it (lol) EAT the stuff in front of the birds, yes. That encourages them. I have also found that if my ol' man eats stuff in front of the bird, the bird WANTS it for himself. Kinda a rivalry thing!
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

He’s 3 months old. Is he too young or too early to convert?
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:42 PM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

Have you tried just giving him pellets without the seeds? I know that mine will pick out all the seeds first - guaranteed! I’d also take advantage of the fact that he seems to like cauliflower and apples - see if you can get him eating other veggies as well? Chop is a favorite for my conures
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Old 01-27-2018, 02:45 PM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

Now is a good time to convert. Just keep feeding pellets, fruit n veg and seeds as treats for training. Use his love of seeds to your advantage x
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:31 PM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

I’m trying the 15 min twice a day routine. I feel bad, he flys over to his cup and noticed the pellets and doesn’t eat and flys away. He’s hungry.
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Old 01-27-2018, 07:39 PM
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

Have you tried soaking the pellets? Sometimes unsweetened juice works as an incentive. Mine like pellets after they’ve dunked them in water for some reason.
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

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Have you tried soaking the pellets? Sometimes unsweetened juice works as an incentive. Mine like pellets after they’ve dunked them in water for some reason.
Trying it now.
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Re: My baby GCC loves Safflower seeds only

This is actually also how I introduce new toys to my GCC. As a baby she looks to me as her mom to decide what is safe and what isn't and she's very timid so when it comes to new food or new toys to play with, if she sees me handling them then she becomes curious. Praising her also seems to be pretty effective.
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